Darwinia meeboldii – Cranbrook Bell

This shrub comes from the Stirling Ranges in Western Australia, and has eye catching pendulous red and white bell flowers in spring. It naturally grows in peaty soils, and needs some protection from the harsh hot sun. Dislikes humidity, and likes a well drained soil. Difficult to maintain in the garden, however grafted specimens will perform better. If feeding is needed, only use a low phosphorous native fertiliser.

Scientific Name:Darwinia meeboldii
Common Name:Cranbrook Bell
Other Common Names:Mountain Bells
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 3 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:White, Red
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Layering
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants